WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine toured a community health center in Alexandria, Virginia to discuss the importance of protecting health center funding, the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and Medicaid going into the next administration. Kaine also highlighted how community health centers are critical in providing quality healthcare to underserved communities in Virginia and received an award from the Virginia Community Healthcare Association for his legislative work on behalf of community health centers in Congress.
“Community health centers serve Virginians by providing a medical home through integrated care. It’s primary medical care, dental care, behavioral health care for all ages, for people of all status,” said Kaine. “These are critical services for communities in the most urban parts of the state in Northern Virginia and some of the most rural parts.
“With the incoming Congress and the new Administration, I’m going to do everything I can to continue to be a strong supporter for community health centers which are an absolutely critical part of the nation’s health care system,” Kaine continued. “We’ve made a lot of advances in providing new protections and reducing the uninsured rate across the country, and we need to work to keep those in place. We have to embrace a discussion about improvements and reforms, but we need to maintain coverage, not shed coverage, and maintain great programs like community health centers.”
Kaine has advocated to ensure funding for community health centers in Virginia since taking office in 2013.